In his autobiography, On Writing, King attributes the basic premise to the short story "The...more
This is an underrated classic with possibly the best title of all time. Just say it. Tommyknockers. Awesome.
Prior to going into my second reading of The Tommyknockers, I wasn't sure that I even wanted to read it. Needful Things, Lisey's Story, or The Talisman would have been preferable, as those three novels have been on my mind a lot lately. The only reason I decided to go with The Tommyknockers is because it won the SK group read for September, and I'd never participated in a group read, and wanted to be a part of it.
Having said that, I am so glad that I did!
I finished last night, and what can I...more
This book is as thick as the bible and goes absolutely nowhere. All I know is the main character bleeds constantly (King's obsession with this woman's menstrual cycle was the most disturbing part of this book), she digs a hole constantly and the other guy character is a drunk; yeah i didn't even bother to remember their names, trust me its not important. Like all of King's novels,...more
Apparently it took Uncle Stevie five years to write and five months for me to read. Boy howdy, this could have used some editing.
I really liked it. Not 5* blown away liked, but a good solid 4* liked.
I think my difference from the majority here is two-fold:
Firstly, I've discovered many people want all of a story to be good. If the end lets it down, they feel the whole book is a waste of time. Well... the end did let it down, but the story itself is packed with good stuff. There were so many scenes, characters, ideas and descriptions that all shone with...more
He prefaced handing me the book with "the first 67 pages or so are really dry, but once you get past that it's good". Unfortunately it was more like the first 150-190 pages, sooo the equivalent of a novella worth of mind n...more
I'm not even sure why King even thought Tommyknockers needed to be written. It's bad SF and not as all equal to his horror writings. It doesn't dazzle and it doesn't shine. The best thing I can say for it is that it doesn't feature a rabid Saint Bernard.
Update: I might have to change that first sentence. King's 11-23-63 proved that he can write effective science fiction, at least in the speculative history sub-genre. But I still dislike The...more
Maybe Stephen King is just that good. I'm going to try it again this summer.
Now, I have been a bit torn as to how to rate this book so I hope I can make sense as to why I gave this three stars. Let me start with what I...more
What was good:
+ The story is suspenseful, creepy, and sometimes even a little scary.
+ As always, King makes a solid effort at characterization and many of the major character...more
This is the first of the re-reads that has real references to other books in the Stephen King universe. And honestly, that's one of the best things about reading his books: the idea that these are real places and real event...more
A guy I used to work with kept urging me to read this one. He read half of it during a week long stint in the brig while in the navy, then rescued the book from destruction while he was throwing the ship's trash in the ocean a week later. Was it worth it? Hell yes. King novels don't usually affect me but I d...more
This is a second edition on this audio book. When they first published Tommknockers,...more
There are many excellent things in this book. First, the idea of digging. There is something extremely appealing about the idea that there is somewhere, very close to our home, a buried treasure waiting to be uncovered. King is always at h...more
The story introduces us the characters in the book and we start to get to know them. Even the secondary characters are well detailed and brou...more
Don't open the door...
Bobbi Anderson and the other good folks of Haven, Maine, have sold their souls to reap the rewards of the most deadly evil this side of hell.
King's new novel, a numbing variation on Invasion of the Body Snatchers, offers its own best commentary on itself. Nearly one-third of the way through the 560-page book, protagonist Bobbi Anderson, a writer of westerns, describes what she has stumbled upon in her backyard to her friend Gardener, an alcoholic
It's a solid enough sci-fi story, with a ton of neat little gadgets that most of us would love to have or want to try to build. I really dug the effects of the town limits too.
I think that in the King universe of heroes, Gard doesn't get enough love. He should rank much higher than I'm sure he does on most people's lists of such things.
I also firmly believe, and this...more
Something was happening in Bobbi Anderson's idyllic small town of Haven, Maine. Something that gave every man, woman, and child in town powers far beyond ordinary mortals. Something that turned the town into a death trap for all outsiders. Something that came from a metal object, buried for millennia, that Bobbi stumbled across. It wasn't that Bobbi and the other good folks of Haven had sold their souls to reap the rewards of the most deadly evil this side of hell. It was more like a diabolical
Very long, as a result of many repeated descriptions and minor characters who don't go very far. It was 1900 pages on my reading device.
Not King's strongest writing. Almost entirely narrated as if the character was speaking, meaning lots of pop culture and brand name references, which makes the book feel dated. It also makes it harder to read in places, where you just want to know what's going on, not decipher slang.
People have been complaining about this book because it is apparently so long but I think they fail to see the reason why if this book was any shorter it would lose its impact. Its substantial length is necessary to show the epicness and scale of the developments taking place in Haven and to contrast them to when everything was normal before. Every single town person with a few exceptions is under the influence of the ship and the book needs to do each of these characters justice to...more
Bobbi Anderson è una riservata scrittrice di western che vive ad Haven, fiorente cittadina del Maine, in una tenuta lasciatale dallo zio. La sua vita scorre senza emozioni, finché, una mattina d’estate, non inciampa letteralmente in qualcosa molto più grosso di lei: un oggetto non identificabile sepolto nel suo terreno. E’ l’inizio di una lunga e strana parentesi per Haven, parentesi che finirà per coinvolgere...more
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where...more